Math Monday: Quilted Geometric Spheres

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Math Monday: Quilted Geometric Spheres

By George Hart for the Museum of Mathematics


Anabeth Dollind made this assortment of quilted balls, based on tilings of the sphere. These first two are spherical versions of Platonic solids: the dodecahedron and icosahedron, with twelve pentagons and twenty triangles, respectively.

Next are a spherical version of the icosidodecahedron, which has twelve pentagons and twenty triangles combined, and its dual, the rhombic triacontahedron, which consists of thirty rhombi.

And here are a couple that incorporate squares, the rhombicuboctahedron and the truncated octahedron.

There’s no limit to the possible geometric designs and fabric combinations. You just need a needle, thread, scissors, fabric, and stuffing. Choose a design, cut out polygons with a common edge length, and hand-stitch the edges. See what you come up with!

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4 thoughts on “Math Monday: Quilted Geometric Spheres

  1. Keith Trnka says:

    These kinds of patterns are commercially used for footbag/hackysack (see for instance). If you’re interested in that, I suggest changing normal stuffing for popcorn kernels, which makes for some nice homemade footbags.

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